An innovative way of boosting the vitamin D levels of expectant mums could help to improve their babies’ bone health, say health pioneers BetterYou.
Research reported in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal showed that babies born during the winter months benefited if their mothers took vitamin D supplements while pregnant. Their bone mass was higher than that of winter-born babies whose mothers received the placebo during the trial.
BetterYou’s DLuxPregnancy daily vitamin D oral spray, which won the best maternity product category at the Boots Maternity & Infant Awards, guarantees optimal absorption of essential vitamins, bypassing the digestive system making it the ideal solution for those suffering from morning sickness.
Each dose delivers an optimal 1,000 IU (25mcg) of vitamin D3 along with the recommended 400mcg of Folic Acid, 6mcg of vitamin B12 and 100% of the guideline daily amount of vitamins K, B1 and B6.
Sunlight is our most important source of vitamin D. Mothers’ levels of vitamin D tend to drop from summer to winter, and therefore babies born in winter months tend to have a lower bone density than those born in the summer.
Dr Benjamin Jacobs, consultant paediatrician at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London, said:
This clinical trial has shown strong evidence that we can improve the health of babies bones by giving mothers a daily dose of 1000 units of Vitamin D.
More than a thousand pregnant women took part in the Maternal Vitamin D Osteoporosis Study making this one of the most important pieces of research ever performed in this field. Until now authorities in the UK only recommended 400 units of Vitamin D daily in pregnancy, but this study shows that 1000 units is safe, and probably more beneficial.
Low Vitamin D levels can have a major impact on expectant mothers and the foetus. Importantly, research now shows that pregnant women with low levels of Vitamin D may have higher rates of pregnancy related health conditions, including preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, birth by caesarean section and a lowering of the immune system.
Andrew Thomas, founder and managing director of BetterYou, said:
The UK Department of Health highlights all pregnant women, and children under five years as an at risk group for vitamin D deficiency and recommend that they should be given a daily supplement.
Our DLuxPregnancy spray is tailored for pregnant women. By taking just one spray a day of one of our DLux oral sprays, vitamin D levels can be effectively managed.
Multiple clinical trials have found that oral vitamin sprays elevate serum vitamin D levels on average 50% faster than traditional tablets and capsules.
Researchers at Cardiff University, when testing BetterYou’s DLux vitamin D oral sprays, found that absorption within the mouth was far superior to the more traditional digestive route of tablets and capsules.
In addition, trials by both the National Technical University of Athens and the Swiss Research Centre Pharmabase found that vitamin D absorption via an oral spray was at least 50% faster and more effective than traditional tablets and capsules.
BetterYou’s DLux oral vitamin D spray range is listed in the NHS recommended product guide for vitamin D supplementation and comes in different strengths for people of all ages.